READ 718 is a nonprofit organization located in Brooklyn, NY providing individualized literacy instruction and mentorship to low-income students in grades 3-8 who are reading below grade level.
Starting in 4th grade, schools expect students to transition from “learning to read” in the early grades to “reading to learn.” After 5th grade, students often receive little to no explicit reading instruction in their classrooms, and often teachers of this age group are not trained to teach reading skills. Students are expected to read and interpret texts in a variety of subject areas and genres, but often lack the skills to do so. When children who are behind their grade-level peers do not receive the instruction they need, they simply fall further and further behind.
Students with poor reading skills are twice as likely to drop out of school compared to their peers, a decision that can have lifelong negative consequences. Adolescents and young adults with poor reading skills, whether they have a diploma or not, are less likely to find employment and less likely to be able to support a family. They are also more likely to require public assistance and are more likely to go to prison.
At READ 718, we understand that strong reading skills are essential to success in school and beyond, that many students need added support to achieve these necessary skills, and that all children deserve to be given the support they need.